September 08, 2006

Germany 2006: Rediscovering the Game

I was a school going kid when I started playing football. I have vivid memories of first few matches. Instead of the ball, the palyers were kicked around many times. I was one of the recipients of such kicks. And found the coaches on both the sides ignoring the 'kicks'. This made the first few matches the last matches and never looked at the game again.

Not being a sports-oriented, it was OK for me to follow the national passion, Cricket, more closely than the Football. This went on for decades and I almost forgot soccer.

Thus it made no difference to me when I came to know of a world cup in Germany.

However, I realised the passion it carries after watching few matches this summer.

I was totally unaware of that, a football match can be so exciting. Whenever I was out for a jog and walk during the match timing, I found localites hooking on to their TV sets, the malls were empty, well almost, the roads deserted, the shops without customers and at times without owners. Restaurants and cafes with TV sets were packed with people enjoying the ciggrattes, Chicha with a cup of coffee and tea.

Such scenes reminded me of cricket matches in India, between Indian and other teams.

It was during this time that I rediscovered my love for the sport. Probably, I understood the game better and appreciated many aspects of the game. At times I jumped over my beds, when a goal was missed.

Probably, any soccer match will remind me of the my stay in Tunis in future and yes, will love to see Henry, Bekham, Zidane, and Rooney again.

The world witnessed two major events while I was in Tunis.
The first was the FIFA World Cup-Germany 2006

August 29, 2006

Tunisia: Carthage

Carthage: Once you are in this palace monument, you know immediately that this place has witnessed a powerful past and is of a historic importance.

Carthage: A recreation of the possibilistic map of Carthage

Carthage: What the remains tell is a story of a glorious, powerful past.

Carthage: Witnesses of a glorious past

Carthage: A door, inside a door, indside a door , inside a door...

Carthage: Looking at the ruins across

Carthage: Inside the ruins, I came across these sphere shaped stones. I am not sure what they are used for, certainly, I never came across stones with such shapes.

Carthage: Look at the beautiful tall ruins

Carthage: If the ruins we see are of a basement, then just imagine what this place would have witnessed

Carthage: In the ruins, a way gives way to another

Carthage: A pattren created by the stones in the wall

Carthage: A Photogrpaher's delight

Carthage: Another look at the ruins

Carthage: Few Punic Ports

Carthage: Punic Port

Tunisia: Hammamet

Going to hammamet in Tunisia, is a welcome break for any urban dweller.

This town has an urban look, however has a small roads with small houses on the sides. A walk on the road gives you enough oportunity to enjoy the open skies. The ful view of open skies is not possible for people who stay in metros of India. I visited this place twice in a week's time

It was not enough.

Normally, when you travel by bus, the bus drops you in the Hammemet center. As you walk towards the beach, you come across some beautiful houses, small hotels, some cafes and then a beach.

There is another part of the town, known as Yasmine Hammamet. This is newere Hammamet, which is developed as a touristic attaraction.

Once you are in Hmmamet, dont forget to take a touristic train to Yasmine Hammamet. A ride on this train is memorable.

Hammamet: I think this house was converted into a hotel and presented a beautiful picture.

Hammamet: The fort and there are some shops inside this fort.

Hammamet: The Blue and White buildings

Hammamet: This group of mermaids welcome you when you reach the beach

Hammamet: The holiday season was at its peak when I visited Hammamet. Look at the number of people on this photograph.

Hammamet: I am fishing baby

Hammamet: I could not resist to click this photograph.

Hammamet: This place offer a comfortable walk on the beach

Hammamet: A cruise ship just close to the beach

Hammamet: Friends, famliies and kids having fun on the beach

Hammamet: A walkway on the beach

Hammamet: The beautiful Mediterranean

Hammamet: You come across some beautiful structures while taking a walk on the beach.

Hammamet: I found this beautiful touristc train an excellent idea.

Hammamet: On way to Yasmine Hammamet, this resort has the looks of a fort.

Hammamet: Writing on the wall...

Hammamet: There are 3-4 such statues of Elephants

Hammamet: The entrance to Carthage Land

Hammamet: One of those large hotels just oposite this shop in Yasmine Hammamet

Hammamet: Beautiful handicrafts and traditional goods for sale, Yasmine Hammamet

Hammamet: Yasmine Hammamet is beautifully made and well decorated.

Hammamet: This baby elephant gives you the directions.

Hammamet: A restautrant in Yesmine Hammamet. Could not resist to click. It was too colorful.

Hammamet: A shop selling traditional goods and handicrafts inside Yasmine Hammemet medina

Hammamet: A colorful restaurant in Yasmine Hammamet

Hammamet: The gateway to Medina in Yasmine Hammamet.

Hammamet: Horses keep a vigil just outside medina

Hammamet: A beautiful entrance to the hotel where we had our snacks

Hammamet: A view from the road

August 25, 2006

Tunisia: La Marsa Beach

La Marsa, is a little town near Tunis. If you are in Tunis for a short visit, then make sure you go to Sidi Bou Said, La Marsa Beach and Carthage.

The beach looks speacially wonderful if you visit it on a holiday evening in summer.

La Marsa: A group of boys enjoying a game of handball

La Marsa: Notice the colorful beach under a setting sun

La Marsa: A walkway just close to the beach

La Marsa: Children having fun on the beach

La Marsa: This boy was kind enough to pose for me. Note the 'beach gear' he is wearing.

La Marsa: A baby, busy on the beach